'Dream come true': Former Harrogate pupil and Leeds United rising star Archie Gray signs new 'long-term' deal at Elland Road

Leeds United have announced that 17-year-old Archie Gray has put pen-to-paper on a new long term contract, keeping him at Elland Road until 2028.
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The youngster, who signed his first professional contract last year, has now agreed fresh terms on a deal, committing his long-term future at the club.

The midfielder, who can also play at right-back, has been one of the first names on the team sheet under Leeds manager Daniel Farke this season, making 28 appearances for the Whites.

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His latest outing came in last Saturday’s 3-0 Sky Bet Championship away victory at Cardiff City, where he equaled a club record for the most starts by a player before the age of 18.

Archie Gray has put pen-to-paper on a new long term deal at Leeds United, keeping him at the club until 2028Archie Gray has put pen-to-paper on a new long term deal at Leeds United, keeping him at the club until 2028
Archie Gray has put pen-to-paper on a new long term deal at Leeds United, keeping him at the club until 2028

In an interview on the Leeds United website, Gray said: “It feels amazing, it’s another dream come true.

“Supporting Leeds and following the club my whole life, it is just a dream come true, like I said.

“It means a lot to me and my family, the club trust me and trust my family and hopefully I can repay it.

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“After working really hard in pre-season, I was hoping to play a bit this season, but I didn’t expect to be playing as much as I have been, it just shows the trust everyone has in me and it means a lot to me."

In 2023, Gray also continued his progression at international level, earning his first cap for the England Under-20s.

He has also previously been capped at Under-15 to Under-19 level and has captained his country at both Under-15 and Under-16 level.

Archie completed his GCSE’s at St John Fisher Catholic High School in 2022.

Gray is the son of ex-Leeds player Andy Gray, grandson of Scottish manager and former player Frank Gray, and grand-nephew of Leeds United club legend Eddie Gray.